In 1913 a major fire engulfed numerous houses in Bratislava ’s Podhradí (below-castle) area. Starting from thatched roofs in the Jewish quarter, the fire spread to other streets. Firefighters from as far afield as Vienna came to fight the blaze.

„Saturday’s peace and quiet was abruptly curtailed just after four in the afternoon with reports that a fire had broken out near St. Martin’s Cathedral. Even though firefighters arrived within six minutes, the fire had already taken hold due to the warm southern wind, humidity, and houses’ wooden construction“. It is based on historical sources, a large fire raged in the castle grounds (reports the Bratislavské rožky website).

„The fire seriously damaged Židovska Street, which had been considered a vibrant but rather down-at-heel area. After the fire, Palocz had suggested improving the housing and planned an eight-metre-wide street for better access in the area. He had wanted to connect it to an extended Zámocká Street. But the war’s outbreak meant the plan never came to fruition,“ states the website.

Original source in Slovak language: bratislavskenoviny

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